Ishibashi Foundation founder Shojiro Ishibashi was born in 1889 in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. At the age of 17 he took over the running of the family tailoring business, growing it into a nationwide concern by manufacturing jikatabi (split-toed heavy cloth work shoes with rubber soles), which he invented, and rubber shoes. In 1931 he founded the Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd. (now the Bridgestone Corporation), which became the first Japanese company to produce tires domestically. He went on to grow the company into one of Japan's leading corporations.
At the same time, he involved himself in cultural work from a young age, leaving behind numerous achievements mainly in the area of the advancement of culture, including the construction of art museums and cultural centers and support for educational institutions.
In this corner we introduce the work Shojiro Ishibashi carried out for the benefit of society.